The chance of someone getting the wrong medication while being treated at KershawHealth could be greatly reduced in the next three years thanks to new technology the health care system is purchasing.
KershawHealth hopes to earn more than $2.88 million in net income during its 2012 fiscal year which began Oct. 1. The KershawHealth Board of Trustees approved the budget more than a week after the fiscal year began during an Oct. 10 meeting at the healthcare system's Health Resource Center. The board also approved a capital budget -- used for construction, renovations and equipment purchases -- of $8.07 million.
The day before gynecologist John Moore saw his last two patients, he heard a patient who had just checked out screaming in the lobby.
While the United States' bond rating has been lowered and the outlook for the non-profit health care segment is bleak, KershawHealth has maintained its investment-grade bond rating. Standard and Poor's has reaffirmed the health care system's "BBB" rating, and Fitch has reaffirmed its "BBB+" rating. Both ratings indicated the outlook for KershawHealth is stable.
In the wake of Hurricane Irene, thousands of people have turned to the American Red Cross for help. Many communities from North Carolina to New England are suffering from significant flooding, wind damage and widespread power outages.
Beginning Dec. 28, Columbia-based Carolina Care will provide physicians to KershawHealth's emergency department. KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks informed the KershawHealth Board of Trustees of the move in an executive session during the board's Aug. 22 meeting and released details to the public Wednesday.
Steve Catoe had half of a heart and no breath.
Local physicians Thomas N. Joseph and Andrew W. Piasecki have been named to leadership roles with the S.C. Orthopaedic Association.
The third annual KershawHealth Springdale 5K at Sunset will be held Saturday at Springdale Race Course. The 5K Walk/Run is coordinated by the United Way of Kershaw County and benefits the United Way's Health Care Council and its mission of improving the health of everyone in our community.
Medicaid patients don't have to worry where their next ride will come from, thanks to a new deal worked out between the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (S-WRTA) and other RTAs.
Uninsured Kershaw County residents will be able to receive free medical, dental and eye care at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia on Friday and Saturday as part of SC Mission 2011.
To help elevate the quality of its reporting and even patient safety, KershawHealth received the go-ahead July 25 from its board of trustees to purchase nearly $500,000 of software. The unanimous vote allows hospital administrators to work with three vendors -- Midas, Medisolv and Iatrics -- to transition existing paper reporting to automated systems.
KershawHealth will spend $1 million to purchase the surgical office of Dr. Ed Gill as part of an agreement to hire Gill as a hospital-employed physician. Gill will leave Sentinel Health Partners to do so.
A Kershaw County mother and two of her children are under a physician's care after being exposed to a cat that tested positive for rabies.
Kershaw County residents are on the alert after a woman and two of her children were exposed to rabies by a kitten they found.
KershawHealth still suffered an approximately $80,000 operating loss for the month of January, but -- thanks to an increase in emergency department visits and other factors -- improved its fiscal year-to-date bottom line by $1.5 million from January 2014. KershawHealth had lost $2.41 million dollars for the first four months of the 2014 fiscal year. For the first four months of Fiscal Year 2015, KershawHealth has only lost about $918,000.
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